CROATIA - Dolphins and Island Expedition

Dive deep and experience Croatia in a unique way as you lend a hand on a dolphin research project with conservationists. When you’re not venturing out by boat alongside conservationists, experience the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stari Grad, a three-course cooking class from a local chef and kayak to the Pakleni Islands. Hike through the old stone town, marvel at the rolling green hills, and have plenty of time to take in the natural beauty that is Croatia.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)

Location: Lošinj, Croatia

$3,895.00

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Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Go dolphin-spotting in the Adriatic Sea with staff from a leading dolphin conservation organization. Much of the work done by the Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation centers on larger vertebrates, including dolphins, whales, sea turtles, rays and sharks. There’s no better place to learn about the day-to-day processes involved in conservation, and to discover the captivating behaviors of these creatures by tracking them in the wild.
  • Travelers will go behind-the-scenes and aid in these dolphin monitoring expeditions with the The Blue World Institute collecting data on environmental conditions, locations and sightings, numbers of encountered dolphins, photographs of dorsal fins for photo-ID analysis, and data about dolphin behavior. In addition to collecting this data, get a taste of life as a marine biologist and learn how to read the information you collected and why it is important for the well-being of the dolphins.
  • Visit the Stari Grad Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where hiking trails wind through breathtaking scenery.
  • Hike through the the Island of Hvar
  • Bask in the crystal-clear waters and majestic blue light of the Blue Cave. Venture into this sea cave at just the right time of day and you’ll be bathed in an otherworldly blue light. A swimming trip in this magical environment is an unforgettable experience in itself, but the beauty of the surrounding islands, the pristine pebble beaches, and rich forests adds another dimension to a trip here.
  • Get creative with a three-course Croatian cooking class with a local chef
  • Kayak alongside charming Hvar Island to the Pakleni Islands

 

Please see a detailed itinerary below:

  • Day 1. Arrive at Zagreb International Airport in the Croatian capital Zagreb. Enjoy a gorgeous five-hour drive to the coastline before catching a ferry to the island of Lošinj. On Lošinj, unwind over a delicious welcome dinner.
  • Day 2. Track dolphins with the Blue World Institute. On the morning of our first day of volunteering with the Blue World Institute, we’ll meet the expert team and learn about the fundamentals of dolphin biology and conservation. Then it’s time to head out into the Adriatic Sea on a dolphin-tracking, data-collecting boat trip. After lunch, a photo-identification workshop offers more insight into dolphin conservation.
  • Day 3. Expand your Marine Conservation knowledge and explore the Blue Cave. Today will be split into two distinct parts. We’ll begin by hopping on a boat to explore the incredible Blue Cave. In the afternoon, return to the Blue World Institute for another interactive conservation learning session, this time focused on biodiversity and sea turtles.
  • Day 4. Final dolphin-tracking trip and explore Veli Lošinj. You’ll spend your last morning at the Blue World Institute putting your newly gained marine biology knowledge to good use on one final dolphin-tracking trip on the water. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore the postcard-perfect village of Veli Lošinj and its lovely beach at your own pace.
  • Day 5. Marvel at the natural splendor of Croatia en route to Hvar. Today will be spent passing through some of Croatia’s most striking landscapes as we make our way to the island of Hvar. Keep your camera on hand to capture the sweeping sea and land panoramas along the way as we travel by catamaran, van and boat.
  • Day 6. Learn to cook the Croatian way and hike the Stari Grad Plains. Wake up in the historic village of Stari Grad, our base for the next two days. After breakfast, we’ll head to the neighboring village of Vrisnik for a lesson in traditional Croatian cooking. Our optional hike back to the hotel will lead through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stari Grad Plains.
  • Day 7. Go kayaking and sample local wine. After breakfast, venture out on a kayaking excursion through the turquoise waters of the Pakleni Islands before the choice to either tour two local wineries, or take a free afternoon to lounge by the hotel pool or explore the village.
  • Day 8. Return to Split International Airport for your flight home.

 

ASK US ABOUT OUR TRIP EXTENSION TO DUBROVNIK.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 7 nights lodging in standard level hotels along the water.
  • Double-occupancy lodging. We connect solo travelers with someone of the same gender.
  • All meals except one dinner: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners. All meals include one drink (soft drink or local wine/beer).
  • Volunteer project with the Blue World Institute.
  • English-speaking local guide that is there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip.
  • Reliable in-country transportation with experienced drivers.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip.
  • All land and water transportation during the trip.
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance.
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals.
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Visa costs.
  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • One dinner.
  • Laundry services, phone calls, and Internet service.
  • Single-supplement room. Guests can pay a fee to have their own private room.

Dates

  • 27 May – 3 June 2019
  • 8 June – 15 June 2019
  • 22 June – 29 June 2019
  • 6 July – 13 July 2019
  • 20 July – 27 July 2019
  • 24 August – 31 August 2019
  • 21 September – 28 September 2019

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.

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